Salvation Army Worker Trying To Set Bell-Ringing Record With 80-Hour Attempt

As of 11 a.m. this morning, a Salvation Army captain in Minnesota has embarked upon the grueling task of standing outside and ringing his bell for 80 hours straight. He won’t be sitting, eating or drink during the world record attempt, which also has the goal of raising around $300 per hour.

He’ll get one five-minute break every hour during his seemingly Sisyphean task, notes CBS Minnesota, and is also asking for support of any kind on his Twitter handle during the ordeal.

“The truth is, I’d do just about anything to help those who come to us with such burdens in their lives,” he told his local Salvation Army group earlier this month. “We do all our frontline service through the amazing work of volunteers – 90 percent of all the blessings we share are because of volunteers. This ringing marathon is just a fun way to celebrate – fun and maybe a bit crazy.”

A bit crazy? Maybe — especially if you know what winter in Minnesota can be like. Let’s just say there’s a reason the wintry north is called the wintry north (Cold. Bone-chilling cold).

UPDATE: Click here for the live stream link. When I first clicked on it, he was taking a break — a much needed one, I’m sure.

Minnesota Man Attempts To Break Bell-Ringing Record [CBS Minnesota]

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  1. FusioptimaSX says:

    This discriminatory agency isn’t getting any of my money.

  2. PhillyDom says:

    My sympathies to the employees of the store this ding-a-ling is standing in front of. One Christmas season I had a job in a mall store in front of which the Salvation Army had a bell-ringer and a kettle.

    How they scream out their affright!
    Too much horrified to speak,
    They can only shriek, shriek,
    Out of tune …

    I can’t tell you how many times I gave serious thought to inserting the damn bell into one of the ringer’s orifices.

  3. C0Y0TY says:

    While this gentleman struggles to make a difference, the Salvation Army sponsors sexy NFL half-time shows.

  4. ConsumeristModeratorRoz says:

    As she doesn’t have an account (due to our closed beta limiting signups at this time), I’ve agreed to post this organizational response on behalf of Susan at The Salvation Army North in response to this comment thread:

    “The mission of The Salvation Army is to serve the needs of humanity without discrimination. We would love for you to learn more about our service for all and in particular the LGBT community at this link: